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Oct 14, 2020 Vajrayana Institute
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Geshe Samten teaching The Four Immeasurables at Vajrayana Institute 2020
Topics: Geshe Samten, FPMT, Buddhism, The Four Immeasurables, Vajrayana Institute, 2020
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Sep 21, 2020 Vajrayana Institute
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Geshe Samten teaching Tantric Paths and Grounds at Vajrayana Institute beginning 17th September 2020. 
Topics: Geshe Samten, teaching, Buddhism, Dharma, Tantric Paths and Grounds, Vajrayana Institute
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Sep 20, 2020 Vajrayana Institute
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Geshe Samten teaching The Noble Eightfold Path at Vajrayana Institute 2020
Topics: Geshe Samten, teaching, Dharma, The Noble Eightfold Path, Vajrayana Institute, 2020, Buddhism
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Sep 13, 2020 Vajrayana Institute
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Venerable Robina teaching Cultivating Happiness And Sanity In Trying Times for Vajrayana Institute 2020.
Topics: Venerable Robina, Buddhism, FPMT, Dharma, Cultivating Happiness And Sanity In Trying Times for...
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Aug 12, 2020 Vajrayana Institute
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Geshe Samten teaching 'Being a Buddhist' at Vajrayana Institute August 2020.
Topics: Geshe Samten, Buddhist, Vajrayana Institute, August, 2020
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Jun 15, 2020 Vajrayana Institute
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Geshe Samten teaching on Prostrating to the 35 Confession Buddhas at Vajrayana Institute June 2020
Topics: Geshe Samten, Vajrayana Institute, 2020, Buddha, Dharma, FPMT
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Geshe Samten teaching on The Purpose and Methods for Realisation at Vajrayana Institute 2020
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May 11, 2020 Vajrayana Institute
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Geshe Samten teaching on The Purpose and Methods for Realisation at Vajrayana Institute 2020
Topics: Geshe Samten Buddhism, Vajrayana, The Purpose and Methods for Realisation
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Feb 24, 2020 Vajrayana Institute
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Wai Cheong Kok teaching at Vajrayana Institute in 2020 on Experiencing the Buddha's Teachings 
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Feb 6, 2020 Vajrayana Institute
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Teachings from The Way of Shamatha Retreat with Alan Wallace and Eva Natanya December 2019 at Balmain Town Hall. Hosted by Vajrayana Institute
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Feb 4, 2020 Vajrayana Institute
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Blissful Abiding of Body and Mind Series with Wai Cheong Kok at Vajrayana Institute 2020
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Jan 29, 2020 Vajrayana Institute
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Alan Wallace public talk A Buddhist View on Conative Intelligence  at Vajrayana Institute 2019. 
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Jan 21, 2020
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Wai Cheong Kok Teachings Series at Vajrayana Institute 2020. Practical Buddhism 
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Jan 21, 2020
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Wai Cheong Kok Teachings, Deepening Meditation Series 2020 at Vajrayana Institute
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Jan 20, 2020 Vajrayana Institute
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Jampa Ignyen's Buddhism and Science Series at Vajrayana Institute Sydney. 2019 and 2020
Topics: Jampa Ignyen Ian Coughlin, Buddhism Science Vajrayana Institute 2019 2020
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Jan 8, 2020 Vajrayana Institute
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Geshe Samten teaches Dependent Arising at Vajrayana Institute 26th October 2019
Topics: Geshe, Samten, Buddhism, Dependent Arising, Vajrayana, Institute
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Sep 16, 2019 Vajrayana Instituite
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Geshe Samten teaching on the 4 Seals of Buddhism at Vajrayana September 2019
Topics: Geshe Samten, Buddhism, 4 Seals, Vajrayana, 2019
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Sep 11, 2019 Vajrayana Institute
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Ven. Robina's teachings at Vajrayana Institute Sydney September 2019 Mahamudra: How To Discover Our True Nature 
Topics: Venerable, robina, mahamudra, lama, yeshe, 2019, vajrayana, buddhism
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Aug 12, 2019
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Geshe Samten 'Afternoons with Geshe la' teaching on The Two Truths. Translated by Voula
Topics: Geshe, Samten, Two Truths, Buddhism, Vajrayana, 2019
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Aug 2, 2019
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Venerable Thubten Chodron's Public Talk at Vajrayana Institute 2019. Living an Open Hearted Life
Topics: Chodron, Vajrayana, Buddhism, FPMT, Thubten
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Jul 26, 2019
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Wai Cheong Kok's teachings at Vajrayana Institute July 2019
Topics: wai, cheong, kok, vajrayana, blissful, abiding, understranding, consciousness, meditation, anxiety
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Mar 8, 2019 Geshe Ngawang Samten
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In this class, Geshe Samten focuses on the famous wisdom chapter (chapter 9) of Shantideva’s classic text "Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds" on Bodhicitta and the six perfections. This chapter is a detailed and profound exposition on emptiness, ultimate reality according to Buddhism. The dialogue takes place between the Madhyamaka school, represented by the author Shantideva, and various other Buddhist and non‐Buddhist schools.
Topics: Geshe Samten, Buddhism, Mahayana, Shantideva, Gyaltsab Je Darma Rinchen, bodhisattva, perfection of...
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Nov 23, 2018 Vajrayana Institute
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Geshe Samten gives a brief teaching on what it means to take refuge and vows of individual liberation and offers refuge to those who wish to formalise their commitment to following the Buddhist path.
Topics: Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Vows, Refuge, Three Jewels, Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, Liberation, Ethics
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Nov 2, 2018 Vajrayana Institute
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It’s a commonly held misconception that spiritual practice and activism conflict. In fact, the logical consequence of successful practice is action for the sake of others; it just naturally follows. But our actions – helping our next door neighbour or helping stop the  destruction of the planet – Need to be grounded in wisdom. This brings optimism and confidence that every small action counts and the courage never to give up.
Topics: Compassion, Activism, Karma, Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Alturism
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Nov 2, 2018 Vajrayana Institute
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During this series of teachings, Jampa Jaffe explains the four close applications of mindfulness, which form the foundation of Buddhist insight practice. These include mindfulness of the body, feelings, mental states, and mental objects. As we investigate the nature of these features of our existence, we will probe the very nature of human identity and the possibility of freedom.
Topics: Vipassana, Vipashana, Meditation, Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Insight Meditation, Emptiness,...
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Oct 26, 2018 Vajrayana Institute
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Shamatha is the practice of calming the mind and its ‘formations’. This is done by practicing single-pointed meditation most commonly through mindfulness of breathing. Shamatha is the basis of all Buddhist practice. The process of undoing bewilderment is based on stabilizing and strengthening our mind.
Topics: Shamatha, Calm Abiding, Meditation, Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Vajrayana Institute, Geshe Samten,...
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Oct 26, 2018 Vajrayana Institute
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Vipassana , which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of  meditation.  In the Buddhist tradition means insight into the true nature of reality, ultimately cultivating the wisdom realising the emptiness of inherent existence.
Topics: Vipassana, Vipashana, Meditation, Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Vajrayana Institute, Geshe Samten,...
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Oct 19, 2018 Vajrayana Institute
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Recorded teachings and meditations from a five day Vajrasattva Retreat led by Venerable Robina Courtin in Sydney, Australia in September 2018 hosted by Vajrayana Institute and held at Peter Canius House Retreat Centre in Pymble.
Topics: Vajrasattva, Tibetan Buddhism, Vajrayana Institute, Sydney, Vajrayana Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism,...
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Aug 28, 2018 Drolkar
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The Heart of Wisdom Sutra  is Buddha’s most direct and succinct discourse about the nature of reality. It lies at the very heart of all Buddhist wisdom and a thorough understanding of its teaching is necessary for attaining an unmistaken view of the way we and the world actually exist—a view that overcomes ignorance and with that brings true liberation. Through talks, meditations and discussions we will explore this central teaching of Buddhist wisdom.
Topics: Heart Sutra, Buddhism, Wisdom
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Aug 21, 2018 Drolkar
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Learning traditional chanting of the Guru Puja tunes and the offering mudras. The tunes bring the blessings of the lineage lamas to your practice.
Topics: Guru Puja, Buddhism, chanting
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Aug 21, 2018 Drolkar
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Lama Atisha explained why reciting the  names of the Thirty-five Buddhas  has so much power. In the past, when the Thirty-five Buddhas were Bodhisattvas, they made many prayers to be able to benefit sentient beings, to easily purify our defilement's and negative karma. When they achieved enlightenment, they achieved the Buddha’s ten qualities or powers, one of which is the power of prayer. So, their names have the power of all those past prayers. That is why, when sentient beings recite...
Topics: Buddhas, Buddhism, purification
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Aug 10, 2018 Ven Jampa Dekyi
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The root cause of all our suffering, is our mistaken understanding of reality. We are suffering not because we are “bad” but because we are ignorant. The more we are able to attune with reality, the happier we will be. The Heart Sutra mentions that the Bodhisattva has “gone beyond sorrow” – he or she has attained lasting happiness through understanding the emptiness of inherent existence of all phenomena. While it could take a lifetime to understand this, even a small understanding...
Topics: Buddhism, Emptiness, Wisdom, Tibetan Buddhism
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Aug 6, 2018
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One of the major texts studied in all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, Maitreya’s  Sublime Continuum  clarifies the meaning of our tathagata essence or buddha potential in particular the emptiness of the mind that allows evolution to a state of complete enlightenment. The first chapter of this work which explains four related ‘vajra’ subjects – Buddha, Dharma, Sangha and buddha potential – is the focus of this teaching.
Topics: Geshe, Samten, Maitreya, Sublime, Continuum, 2018
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Jul 31, 2018 Drolkar
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We may find concepts like enlightenment or liberation that refer to some sort of perfected state difficult to understand and relate to our daily life experiences. The Buddha has skilfully overcome this hurdle by making use of metaphors in his teaching, referring to the causes of suffering as fires, floods, knots, and so on. The freedom from suffering will then be the quenching of flames, the crossing of floods, the untying of knots, and so on. What might be some of these heart-knots that...
Topics: Meditation, Buddhism, Suffering
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Jul 31, 2018 Drolkar
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Exploring the process of death and rebirth and its impact on how we live our lives. Learn to fulfill your purpose in life, resolve conflicts, and develop the skills to help yourself and others at death.
Topics: Buddhism, Death, Rebirth, Discovering Buddhism
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In this meditation workshop we will try on a series of guided meditations aimed at working on the “knots” in our body and mind. How can we sensitize ourselves to their presence? How do they contribute to our suffering? How can we work to loosen them up? Is it possible to arrive at a place or state that is knot-free and how would that be like?
Topics: Meditation, Buddhism, Suffering
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Jul 16, 2018 Drolkar
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In this meditation workshop we try out a few guided meditations to explore the conditions supportive of the experience of rapture and contentment in our daily meditations. How can we relate to our body so as to promote a sense of physical ease and stability during meditation? How should we respond to the onset of compulsive thinking or drowsiness in a way that actually promote rapture and contentment? The workshop will consist of several sessions of guided meditation, explanation and q&a.
Topics: Meditation, Buddhism, Rapture, Contentment
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Jul 16, 2018 Drolkar
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In this talk we will look how the different types of pleasure arising from our meditation can positively enhance our enjoyment and, therefore, our practice of meditation. Maybe we have over emphasised the obstacles and difficulties of meditation. We might also have been holding onto the idea of “no pain, no gain.” What would happen if we approach meditation from a perspective of creating the conditions for ease and stability for both body and mind?
Topics: Meditation, Buddhism, Pleasure, Enjoyment
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May 21, 2018 Drolkar
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The four close placements of mindfulness ( satipaṭṭhāna ) are in opposition to four basic distortions that we are continually making about ourselves: grasping at our body as the dwelling place of a self, our feelings as the source of enjoyments of a self, our mind as the thing that is a self, and phenomena such as attachment as afflicting and faith as purifying a self. The practice of the four noble truths and its awakening is essentially to abandon these four tragic mistakes and the four...
Topics: Mindfulness, Buddhism, Jampa Jaffee, Four Noble Truths.
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May 21, 2018 Drolkar
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In this teaching on compassion and  bodhicitta,  Geshela will give practical steps for how to cultivate the love and compassion desperately needed in the world today. 
Topics: Bodhichitta, Buddhism, Geshe Samten, Love, Compassion
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Apr 23, 2018 Drolkar
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In this Saturday afternoon of teachings, Geshe-la teaches us about how to lessen our suffering and delusions and to generate the mind of renunciation.
Topics: Geeshe Samten, Suffering, Delusion, Renunciation, Buddhism
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Apr 16, 2018 Drolkar
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Buddhism has been called a science of the mind and many who practice it say the Buddha was similar to a skillful therapist who taught practical methods for dealing with the problems of ordinary life. Though Buddhism differs from psychotherapy in some significant ways, nevertheless, like psychology, it deals with the human mind and emotions and strives to create happier, healthier human beings and a better society in which to live. One way Buddhism does differ from psychotherapy is the way it...
Topics: Anger, Attachment, Buddhism, Jampa Jaffe, psychology, mind
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Apr 9, 2018 Drolkar
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Nagarjuna is renowned for his penetrating analysis of reality.  In the  Precious Garland  Nagarjuna describes the cause & effect sequences for the  development of happiness within ordinary life, as well as the practices of wisdom, realizing emptiness & compassion that lead to enlightenment.  He describes a Buddha’s qualities & offers encouraging advice on the effectiveness of practices that reveal the vast attributes of Buddhahood.  The  Precious Garland  includes a...
Topics: Nagarjuna, Precious Garland, Geshe Samten, Buddhism, Buddha
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Mar 19, 2018 Drolkar
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Geshe-la unpacks this classic first teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha on how to get rid of suffering and its causes forever and how to cultivate everlasting happiness and perfect peace.
Topics: Four Noble Truths. suffering, Buddhism, Geshe Samten
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Mar 5, 2018 Drolkar
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We welcome back Ven. Thubten Gyatso, Director of Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery in Bendigo for some tips on overcoming anxiety and attaining peace. When faced with the inevitable problems of life, an anxious or fearful response can lead to anger and resultant negative karma. Pleasure also has the disadvantages of generating attachment and making us complacent in our practice. Both situations, however, can be used to enhance our inner cultivation of compassion, renunciation, patience, wisdom,...
Topics: Anger, Anxiety. Three Jewels, Peace, Thubten Gyatso, Anxious, Attachment
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Feb 26, 2018 Drolkar
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I bow to the one who, with no beginning, middle or end, has a serene stillness and is clear-minded and fully evolved, who became clear from his own aspects and once clear, shows fearless, constant paths of the mind to bring realization to those with no realization … Maitreya Buddha One of the major texts studied in all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, Maitreya’s  Sublime Continuum  clarifies the meaning of our Tathagata essence or Buddha potential in particular the emptiness of the mind...
Topics: Sublime continuum, Geshe Samten, Basic Program, Buddha, Maitreya Buddha
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Feb 26, 2018 Drolkar
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A Praise of Dependent Arising  was composed with great devotion by Lama Tsongkhapa, combining his understanding of the precise meaning of emptiness with his insight into the kindness of the Buddha for having given the teaching on dependent arising. The teaching on dependent arising is the heart-cherished treasure of all the Buddha’s teachings. Geshe Samten’s book, A Commentary on Lama Tsongkhapa’s  A Praise of Dependent Arising  is offered as the text for this course.
Topics: dependent arising, Tsongkhapa, Geshe Samten, Emptiness, Buddha
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Feb 8, 2018 Drolkar
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Sometimes our relationship to our emotions can be as problematic as the emotions themselves. Over three consecutive Tuesday evenings, we will explore what are emotions, how are we to judge them or should we not judge them at all, and look at some methods for working with the specific emotions of anger and attachment.
Topics: Emotions, Jampa Jaffee, Buddhism, anger
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Feb 8, 2018 Drolkar
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Geshe-la has been giving extensive commentaries on the various texts of the Basic Program. In 2014, students enjoyed his in-depth commentary on the Special Insight section of the Stages of the Path, a text composed by the 14th century Buddhist master, Tzong Khapa. The topic examined the quality of insight needed to discern ultimate reality, also known as emptiness or selflessness. In 2015, Geshe-la moved onto the next text, Maitreya’s  The Ornament of Clear Realization . This is the root...
Topics: Ornament of Clear Realisation, Emptiness, Maitraya, Basic Program
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Jan 30, 2018 Drolkar
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Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra offers a concise overview of the structure of the Tantric path, widely acclaimed in Tibet as the swiftest and most sublime means to realize buddhahood. Tantra distinguishes itself in particular through a unique combination of method and wisdom, achieved through meditation on the perfect form of a buddha as completely devoid of true existence. Presenting the paths of all four classes of tantra, while not being a guide to Highest Yoga Tantra practice itself,...
Topics: tantra, jampa Ignyen, Basic Program, Paths & Grounds
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Jan 22, 2018 Drolkar
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Geshe Sherab teaches the tools to practice dharma in our everyday lives.
Topics: Geshe Sherab, making life meaningful, dharma
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Jan 22, 2018 Drolkar
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This mind training (lo-jong) root text was composed by Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa (1054–1123). 
Topics: Eight Verses, Mind Training, Geshe Langri Tangpa
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Dec 4, 2017 Gyalten Drolkar
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Pabongka Rinpoche was one of the 20th centuryâs most charismatic and revered Tibetan lamas as well as a teacher of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Certainly when we read and study his text, Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, as we do together with Jampa in this series of classes, itâs easy to understand why. In his famous 24-day teaching on the lam-rim, or stages of the path to enlightenment, Pabongka Rinpoche weaves together lively stories and quotations with frank observations and practical advice to...
Topics: Liberation, Lam Rim, Pabonka, Buddhism
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The Heart Sutra is a text of central importance to millions of Buddhists and one we recite regularly before teachings. We are delighted to announce that Geshe Samten has kindly accepted to give a commentary on this classic Buddhist discourse. This powerful sutra, taught by the Buddha, contains the essence of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras. This short text presents the Buddha’s  unique teaching on “no-self” or “emptiness,” and holds the key to complete liberation from suffering and...
Topics: heart sutra, emptiness, reality, perfection of wisdom
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It is the best of times, it is the worst of times… and as we watch the news and ponder our daily experience, we realise that we cannot predict or control our lives with any certainty whatever. Two thousand six hundred years when the Buddha lived this was no different. He established that all phenomena are impermanent and that this is the cause of our suffering. He gave many powerful teachings, philosophical as well as practical of how to overcome this suffering. This is an introduction into...
Topics: phenomena, impermanent, suffering, non-meditation
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Green Tara is the swift and loving manifestation of enlightened female energy and of all the buddhas whose activities are focused on liberating us from fears and obstacles. Green Tara is associated with enlightened activity and accomplishment. Meditating on Tara is a very powerful way to identify and connect with our own inner potential for wisdom and compassion. It also helps to eliminate obstacles to the spiritual path and to being able to work for others.
Topics: Tara, Green Tara, enlightened meditating, wisdom, compassion
The Buddhist Path encourages us to be fearless in the face of adversity. How can we step up to this challenge in a world of unpredictability, fear and conflict. Be inspired by Venerable Robina’s dynamic inspirational talk and begin to be the change we want to see in the world.
Topics: fearless, fearful, challenge fear, conflict
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Maitreya’s  The Ornament of Clear Realization  is the root text for the study of the levels of realisation related to enlightenment according to the Middle Way (Madhyamika) school of Buddhist philosophy. This important scripture, traditionally the basis for extensive study in the monastic curriculum, made explicit these levels, which were otherwise presented in only a hidden manner in the Buddha’s Perfection of Wisdom teachings. From among the 70 topics covered by the Ornament, the 11...
Topics: Ornament, Madhyamika, middle way, realisation, clear realisation
The Buddhist Path encourages us to be fearless in the face of adversity. How can we step up to this challenge in a world of unpredictability, fear and conflict. Be inspired by Venerable Robina’s dynamic inspirational talk and begin to be the change we want to see in the world.
Topics: fearless, fearful, Buddhist Path
It could be said that “Eight Verses for Training the Mind” contains the entire essence of the Buddha’s teaching in a distinct form.  —His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Composed by the Buddhist master Langri Tangpa (1054-1123), “ Eight Verses for Training the Mind ” enshrines the very heart of Dharma, revealing the true essence of the Mahayana path to liberation. As we practice these teachings in daily life, we train our mind to embrace reality in wholesome, compassionate and wise ways....
Topics: Eight verses, mind, Langri Tangpa, training, Mahayana path
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This will be a 14 day pilgrimage led by Geshe Samten. It visits some amazing places like Sera Je Monastery in Byalkuppe, the Anandha Vihara in Hyderabad and the Kanheri caves north of Mumbai. Pilgrimage Dates:  15-28 January 2018 Our partner in arranging this tour is Ekno Travels. For full details about this trip and to make a booking please visit Ekno Travels website by clicking  here This recording From Vajrayana Institute contains Geshela explaining the benefits of pilgrimage and Sharon...
Topics: pilgrimage, Ekno, India, Sera Je
In the public talk Wai Cheong gave an introduction to the topic of realisations in Buddhism from the perspectives  of different Buddhist traditions, including that of Maitreya’s Ornament of Clear Realisation. In the workshop there was a  series of guided meditations based on some topics in  Maitreya’s Ornament of Clear Realisation . 
Topics: realisations, meditation, Maitreya, Ornament of Clear Realisation
Shifting perspectives: Exploring the right view of emptiness  was a Meditative Review of the ‘Ornament for Clear Realisations’.  In this 1-day workshop, Wai Cheong presented a series of guided meditations on different ways of understanding  emptiness to allow people to have their own experience of it.
Topics: emptiness, Ornament of clear realisation, meditation, perpsectives
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This 1-day workshop with Wai Cheong was a  series of guided meditations to present some of his thoughts on the topic of  ‘Developing a Unified Mind of Samadhi ‘ and how we can cultivate it even in the midst of our daily lives.
Topics: samadhi, meditation, Wai Cheong
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The 70 Topics by Jetsun Chokyi Gyaltsen is a supplementary text to introduce students to the outlines and topics of Maitreya’s  Ornament of Clear Realization . Seventy Topics is an essential prerequisite to in-depth study of the  Ornament of Clear Realization .
Topics: seventy topics, Chokyi Gyaltsen, Maitreya, Ornament of Clear Realisation
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A Praise of Dependent Arising  was composed with great devotion by Lama Tsongkhapa, combining his understanding of the precise meaning of emptiness with his insight into the kindness of the Buddha for having given the teaching on dependent arising. The teaching on dependent arising is the heart-cherished treasure of all the Buddha’s teachings. Geshe Samten’s book, A Commentary on Lama Tsongkhapa’s  A Praise of Dependent Arising  is offered as the text for this course.
Topics: dependent arising, Tsongkhapa, emptiness, buddha, Geshe Samten
This 1-day workshop with Wai Cheong features a  series of guided meditations that present some of his thoughts on the topic of  ‘Developing a Unified Mind of Samadhi ‘ and how we can cultivate it even in the midst of our daily lives.
Topics: samadhi, meditation
Shifting perspectives: Exploring the right view of emptiness is  a Meditative Review of the ‘Ornament for Clear Realisations’. In this 1-day workshop, Wai Cheong presented a series of guided meditations on different ways of understanding  emptiness to allow people to have their own experience of it. 
Topics: emptiness, meditations, right view, ornament
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In this workshop, Matthieu Ricard, a molecular geneticist turned Buddhist monk, will explain how meditation can help us achieve emotional balance, enhance mindfulness, expand altruistic love, and develop a sense of inner calm; while also reducing anxiety, vulnerability to pain, and a tendency toward depression and anger. Matthieu Ricard helps workshop participants learn how to form new patterns of interaction with themselves and the larger world, working toward happiness step by step, starting...
Topics: Meditate, meditation, altruistic, Matthieu RIcard
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Normally, we suppose that the world is already and always fully real, existing independently of our minds; out there waiting to be revealed to us. Emptiness is the absence of just such a fantasized way of existing. 
Topics: emptiness, dependent arising
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Apr 20, 2017 Geshe Samten
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Geshe Samten delivers his annual Easter retreat on Lam Rim Chen Mo, using the outline from Lama Tsong Khapa as a basis for commentary.
Topics: Lama Tsong Khapa, Geshe Samten, Lam Rim Chen Mo outline
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Apr 7, 2017
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The Wheel of Sharp Weapons , composed by the great Indian yogi Dharmarakshita more than a thousand years ago, is among the most esteemed of the so-called mind training teachings. Mind training is a special genre of teaching that deals with with employing techniques for transforming problems into happiness. Dharmarakshita’s classic, explains the workings of karma, the benefits of altruism, and the means to cut through our true enemies: self-grasping and self-cherishing.
Topics: Mind training, transforming problems into happiness, self-grasping
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Mar 31, 2017
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Geshe Samten continues his discussion of the foundational work on the Middle Way of Mahayana Buddhism
Topics: insight, ultimate reality, emptiness
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This inspiring non-monastic western woman talked about her experiences and her commitment to the path in the way of the yogis and yoginis of the past.
Topics: retreat, Lapchi, yoginis, yogis
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In this series of Saturday talks, Geshe-la explains some essential topics in Buddhism, with a chance to ask questions over a cuppa and cake. Confession to the 35 Buddhas helps to clear away our negative karma, purify our minds and accumulate great merit. This afternoon session includes teaching, prostrations and discussion The View of Dependent Arising - explore this profound teaching on the view of the interdependence of all things. This is the view that phenomena are empty of inherent...
Topics: confession, buddhas, karma, merit, dependent arising, interdependence, inherent existence, four...
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Aryadeva’s  Four Hundred Stanzas  is a foundational work of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. The first four chapters show how to rid yourself of the four incorrect considerations: considering something impermanent by nature to be permanent, something in the nature of suffering to be in the nature of happiness, something unclean by nature to be clean, and something lacking an impossible soul or self to have an impossible soul or self. Geshe Samten is resuming teaching this text in 2017 as part...
Topics: Aryadeva, Four Hundred stanzas, mahayana buddhist, philosophy
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A short and powerful practice related to Lama Tsongkhapa, a great Tibetan scholar, saint, and teacher of the 14th century, to help invoke the blessings and guidance of one’s personal teachers and to develop the realizations of guru devotion and the path to enlightenment. Reciting the 5-line praise to Lama Tsongkhapa contained in this practice is also an excellent method to rid oneself of obstacles on the path and to cure “lung”, a physical and/or mental disease due to imbalance of the...
Topics: Lama Tsongkhapa, guru yoga, realisations, obstacles
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Jampa Jaffe gave a series of four stand-alone talks exploring some of the central themes of Buddhism. These talks explore: - the ways love and fear manifest in our daily lives (Practices of love and fear) - what constitutes a good life and the role of compassion (Art of gentle revolution) - working with the challenges of trying to change (Compassion and a successful life) - Buddha’s campaign slogan (D ependent arising) 
Topics: buddhism, love, fear, compassion, revolution, change, dependent arising
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Geshe-la has been giving extensive commentaries on the various texts of the Basic Program. In 2014, students enjoyed his in-depth commentary on the Special Insight section of the Stages of the Path, a text composed by the 14th century Buddhist master, Tzong Khapa. The topic examined the quality of insight needed to discern ultimate reality, also known as emptiness or selflessness. In 2015, Geshe-la moved onto the next text, Maitreya’s  The Ornament of Clear Realization . This is the root...
Topics: ornament, Maitreya, Madhyamika, basic program
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Feb 1, 2017 Vajrayana Institute
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Dealing with problems through understanding the nature of mind, a weekend teaching with Geshe Thubten Sherab. The fundamental truth of ‘the way things really are’ is described in Buddhist writings as ’emptiness’ or  shunyata  in Sanskrit. Join us for this special opportunity to receive teachings and meditations from Geshe-la on emptiness, the nature of mind, which allow us to more easily deal with problems and difficult emotions and develop our inner capacity for our wisdom to awaken...
Topics: Emptiness, mind, shunyata, wisdom.
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During this four day retreat we will learn how to develop and enhance our attention skills, how to strengthen our faculty of mindfulness. This retreat will focus on three techniques that have been found to be effective for people living in the modern world: 1. Mindfulness of breathing 2. Settling the mind in its natural state 3. Awareness of awareness To ensure that our shamatha practice is balanced and effective we will be supplementing it with the practices of loving-kindness and...
Topics: shamatha, mindfulness, settling the mind, natural state, awareness loving kindness, compassion
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Nov 4, 2016 Anne Sinclair
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A rare and precious commentary on the 21 Taras.
Topics: Tara, taras, buddhism
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Sep 3, 2016 B. Alan Wallace
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B. Alan Wallace Public Talk Empiricism in Buddhism While modern cognitive science explores the mind primarily by way of its neural correlates and behavioral expressions, Buddhism presents a radically empirical approach by directly examining mental states and process. Such inquiry is based on the sophisticated development of attention and introspection and has yielded insight into three dimensions of consciousness. Date & Time:  Sunday 28 August, 7pm-8.30pm
Topics: Empiricism, Buddhism, Consciousness, Science
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Alan Wallace One Week Retreat Transform Your Mind & Change Your Life A 7-Day Retreat on Lama Atisha's Seven-Point-Mind-Training with B. Alan Wallace President, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies   Dates:  29 August-4 September 2016 Venue: Peter Canisius House, 102 Mona Vale Road, Pymble NSW   A week-long meditation retreat how to transform all of life's circumstances into the spiritual path, such that by shifting your way of viewing reality, you shift the reality you are...
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Topics: B. Alan Wallace, Buddhism, Mahayana, Lojong, 7-point Mind Training
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Transform Your Mind & Change Your Life A 7-Day Retreat on Lama Atisha's Seven-Point-Mind-Training with B. Alan Wallace President, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies   Dates:  29 August-4 September 2016 Venue: Peter Canisius House, 102 Mona Vale Road, Pymble NSW   A week-long meditation retreat how to transform all of life's circumstances into the spiritual path, such that by shifting your way of viewing reality, you shift the reality you are viewing. Learn how to...
Topics: Buddhism, Mahayana, Atisha, lojong
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In his latest book, How to Help Your Loved Ones Enjoy Death and Go Happily to their Next Rebirth, Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, "Helping our loved ones at the time of death is the best service we can offer them, our greatest gift. Why? Because death is the most important time of life; it's at death that the next rebirth is determined." But first, we need how to be ready for our own death, our own rebirth. This weekend workshop will explore those crucial Buddhist teachings and practices...
Topics: death, rebirth, Lama Zopa, buddhist
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Aug 18, 2016 Anne Sinclair
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To find happiness, we must examine how to spend our time to find what brings meaning and deep satisfaction. Buddhist wisdom says weâre mistaking temporary pleasure for happiness, and offers practical tools to look at how we think and act, and to develop unlimited loving kindness towards others â with the result of bringing true satisfaction to ourselves as well. By remembering our time in this life is limited, it helps motivate us to make the most of every moment and allows us to prepare for...
Topics: happiness, buddhist, loving kindness, karma, compassion, emptiness, mind
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Aug 12, 2016 Anne Sinclair
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With Jampa Ignyen 'For as long as space endures, and for as long as living beings remain, until then may I too abide to dispel the misery of the world'. A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life composed by Shantideva more than a thousand years ago presents inspirational verses on Mahayana aspiration and practice, and is still widely regarded as the most authentic and complete guide for the practitioner dedicated to the enlightenment of all beings. This classic teaching ranges in scope from...
Topics: bodhisattva, Shantideva, vajrayana, mind
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Jul 25, 2016 Anne Sinclair
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Mindfulness is often associated with the development of insight, especially in some Buddhist traditions. In actual fact, mindfulness is also indispensable in the cultivation of a calm and focused mind. In this workshop we will explore the four ways of applying mindfulness in the settling of our mind and heart. In the public talk Mindfulness & Longevity explore how the quality of mindfulness can help us prepare and enrich our life at retirement age, so that we can transform it into something...
Topics: mindfulness, longevity, ageing well, retirement,calm abiding, insight, calm abiding, mind
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May 6, 2016
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The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas With Geshe Ngawang Samten Written by the Tibetan monk and Bodhisattva Gyelsay Togmey Zangpo (1295-1369), this medium length mind training text, gives instructions on how to follow the bodhisattva path to Buddhahood. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Togmey Zangpo was a “great person, truly a special being. Whenever anyone came to listen to his teachings, for instance, they would become very subdued, quiet, and calm. This profound teaching reveals how...
Topics: The Thirty Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas, Vajrayana Institute Ashfield
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At the age of two years old, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recognised Rinpoche as the reincarnation of his most senior tutor, the 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche (1903-1983), who was the most senior tutor. H.E. the 7th Ling Rinpoche joined Drepung Monastic University in south India in 1990, where his enrolment was celebrated with large religious ceremonies. He began his monastic studies at Drepung at the age of 10 and has since been engaged in rigorous religious study and spiritual training...
Topics: He Ling Rinpoche, Vajrayana Institute, Ashfield
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Apr 12, 2016
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Thubten Gyatson Public Talk Reality Isn't What You Think In this introductory talk, Ven Thubten Gyatso (Dr Adrian Feldman) will give a taster to the topic of the wisdom of emptiness, how things really exist, and how to make meaning in our lives. We are very excited to be hosting a visit by Ven Gyatso who is in great demand as a teacher by FPMT centres all over the world. Date & Time:  Friday 1 April, 7pm-8.30pm
Topics: Thubten Gyatson Public Talk Reality Isn't What You Think, Vajrayana Institute
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Easter Retreat: Shamatha & Vipassana The Three Principals of the Path The practice of Calm Abiding (shamatha) builds a stable foundation for the realisation of Insight (vipassana) into the nature of 'how things are', the nature of mind. The Three Principals of the Path is a very concise presentation of the entire lam-rim path composed by Lama Tsong Khapa, often considered the greatest philosopher and most eloquent writer Tibet has ever produced. His poem in 14 verses was originally composed...
Topics: Geshe Ngawang Samten: Easter Retreat, Shamatha & Vipassana, The Three Principals of the Path,...
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Constant Craving: How Desire Pervades Our Lives What are referred to in the Mahayana Buddhist literature as the 'eight mundane concerns' or the 'eight worldly dharmas' are, in fact, simply primordial levels of attachment that exist virtually as assumptions in our minds. We constantly crave happy feelings, getting nice things, hearing pleasant words with our name in them, and having people approve of us, and desperately try to avoid the opposite. In fact, the more we look into our minds – be...
Topic: Ven Robina Courtin Constant Craving How Desire Pervades Our Lives
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A Roadmap to Happiness - Vajrayana Institute Fri 8th April 2016 We spend our lives being seduced by the outside world, believing utterly that happiness and suffering come from 'out there'. But Buddha says that what goes in our minds is the main source of how we deal with life. The experiential implication of this view is empowerment, accountability, and the courage to change. Gradually we loosen the grip of ego-grasping and the other neuroses, thus developing our marvelous potential for...
Topic: Robina Courtin A Roadmap to Happiness Vajrayana Institute
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Nagarjuna (1st - 2nd century CE), the great Indian Buddhist master, wrote this letter of advice in the form of a poem to a friend who was a South-Indian King. With its 123 verses, the text is regarded as a monument in the Indian Buddhist tradition and covers the whole Mahayana path, along which followers strive for Buddhahood for the sake of all beings. As well as offering a practical approach to daily conduct, it provides philosophical discussion of the different stages leading to...
Topics: Nargajuna, mahayana path
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Maitreya's The Ornament of Clear Realization. This is the root text for the study of the levels of realisation related to enlightenment according to the Middle Way (Madhyamika) school of Buddhist philosophy. This important scripture, traditionally the basis for extensive study in the monastic curriculum, made explicit these levels which were otherwise presented in only a hidden manner in the Buddha's Perfection of Wisdom teachings. From among the 70 topics covered by the Ornament, the 11 topics...
Topics: ornament, Maitreya, madhyamika, realisation
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Mar 15, 2016 Anne Sinclair
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In this series of Saturday talks, Geshe Nawang Samten explains some essential topics in Buddhism, with a chance to ask your questions over a cuppa and cake. Suitable for beginners. All are welcome. Samsara and Nirvana : Sat 12 March 2016 2pm-5pm The Six Perfections : Sat 16 April 2016 2pm-5pm The Wisdom of Emptiness : Sat 14 May 2016 2pm-5pm The Four Close Applications of Mindfulness : Sat 18 June 2016 2pm-5pm
Topics: Geshe, Nawang Samten, buddhism, questions, Saturday
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Feb 12, 2016 Anne Sinclair
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Dates & Times:  Saturday, 2pm-5pm 6 Feb; 5 Mar; 23 Apr; 7 May; 4 Jun; (5-week course) In the whole of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there is no single treatise more deeply revered or widely practiced than  A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life . Composed in the eighth century by the Indian Bodhisattva Shantideva, it became an instant classic in the curricula of the Buddhist monastic universities of India, and its renown has grown ever since. Each month, Jampa will focus on a chapter...
Topics: bodhisattva, Tibetan buddhism, Shantideva
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Feb 12, 2016 Anne Sinclair
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Dates & Times:  Tuesday 7pm-8.30pm  2, 9, 16, 23 Feb; 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Mar; 5, 12, 19, 26 Apr; 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 May; 7, 14, 21, 28 Jun 2016 Nagarjuna (1st - 2nd century CE), the great Indian Buddhist master, wrote this letter of advice in the form of a poem to a friend who was a South-Indian King. With its 123 verses, the text is regarded as a monument in the Indian Buddhist tradition and covers the whole Mahayana path, along which followers strive for Buddhahood for the sake of all...
Topics: Nargajuna, mahayana path